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Track laying works begin across Al Dhafrah region

The UAE is developing a national railway network to enable a sustainable transport sector in the region. (Image source: Etihad Rail)

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Rulers Representative in Al Dhafra Region, has inaugurated track-laying works across Al Dhafrah Region in Package A of Stage Two of the UAE?s national railway, during his visit to Etihad Rail?s railhead in Al Ruwais

HH was accompanied by Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport and Etihad Rail board member and senior executives from the company.

HH Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan was briefed by Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, on construction progress of Package A, which will connect the UAE rail network to Al Ghuwaifat on the Saudi border and the wider GCC region. Having started in early 2020, steady progress has been made on construction of Package A, which is now 59% complete.

HH Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated that the UAE, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, is committed to advanced and integrated infrastructure projects, in particular in the transport sector, which will support the sustainable development of the UAE.

HH expressed his appreciation for the continuous support of the UAE?s wise leadership for a project that is enhancing the UAE?s status both locally and regionally. With the support of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince?s Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, the project has achieved key milestones, with construction progress of Stage Two accelerated, while Etihad Rail?s Stage One continues to overachieve, with 2020 operations outperforming 2019?s results.

His Highness also met with Emirati employees working on the project, including graduates from the railway diploma, and he stressed the importance of developing a new generation of Emirati talent to lead the evolution of this vital sector.